Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian

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Created: December 4, 2013


Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Yale University

Rank:  Librarian 1 - 3
Requisition:  23718BR

Position focus

The Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian serves as the primary liaison between the Library and research departments, laboratories, and individual scientists within the Medical Center, and is pivotal to defining and expanding the Library’s role in supporting e-Science and biomedical research data management. With a demonstrated understanding of the work of laboratory scientists, of the scientific processes they apply, and of the impact and potential of e-Science methodologies upon their research, the librarian provides individualized, point of need professional librarian services and information and data support. The librarian evaluates and promotes the library’s current information and data services and resources to the biomedical sciences, and assists in the planning and promotion of new services and resources. Through consultation and collaboration, the librarian works to enable these researchers to leverage information and data resources to the fullest. With experience using a wide range of bibliographic databases in the health and life sciences, the librarian develops and provides training in the use of biomedical knowledge management, information and data resources, tools, and strategies (e.g. NCBI and other bioinformatics tools, databases, and datasets; evidence-based searching; systematic reviews; content management tools; etc). The librarian assists researchers manage their data, navigate Yale University’s available data management, curation and preservation landscape, and adhere to federal or other grant funding agencies’ data management and public access policies and requirements. The Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian is a member of the Curriculum and Research Support team, and reports to the Associate Director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

Review of applications will begin immediately. When applying, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

Principal responsibilities

1. Provides research support to students and faculty in academic departments, schools, and research centers through consultations, instruction sessions, and in-person and virtual reference services. Supports research and raises awareness of information resources through outreach efforts such as department-based office hours, blogs, RSS feeds, mailing list messages, and workshops.

2. Creates and maintains online guides and other research support tools. Collaborates with librarians, GIS specialists, archivists and other providers of information resources to support research and teaching.

3. Develops library collections in all formats. Works closely with the Director of Collection Development, collection, acquisitions and cataloging librarians, and staff on acquiring and receiving resources in all formats (print, databases, datasets, images, a/v, etc.) and preparing them for availability to users.

4. Participates in departmental library research support and collections program planning.

5. Participates in library system-wide planning, committees, and work groups, and engages in campus, regional and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of Yale’s collections and research support services.

6. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.

7. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required education & experience

1. Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for a master’s degree in library science.

2. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.

3. Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.

4. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.

5. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.


Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 18:36 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:44 UTC